Center for Survivors of Torture

A nonprofit organization

$225 raised by 2 donors

2% complete

$10,000 Goal

Greetings Neighbor,

It is an honor to celebrate our community’s generous spirit this NTX Giving Day. As we pause to appreciate the freedoms that enable us to give, we think of our global neighbors who lack the same freedoms. Did you know two-thirds of all countries endorse torture as a means of political control? This tactic is used to limit people from working to create a better society. People like doctors, educators, engineers, lawyers, journalists, and scientists; mothers, fathers, children, spouses, and friends; people with dreams for a better life; people fueled by love and hope. 

When life becomes too dangerous at home, these brave fellows join us in the U.S. to contribute their talents and efforts to our exceptional communities. While their transition offers great promise, we at The Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) understand how moving to a new country, especially after fleeing violence, can be difficult. This is why CST provides specialized services that ease transitions and empower new beginnings. Through comprehensive social, mental health, medical, legal, and training/educational services, our new neighbors are fortified with the healing, hope, and community needed to thrive.

This 2023, please join our community of good neighbors to welcome 2,000 child and adult survivors into a safe home. Together we will ensure tools and resources that empower freedom and a better life. 

Choose from the ways to give:

  • $30 brightens a child’s transition with their first U.S. books and toys
  • $50 provides a mom and baby with formula and feeding supplies 
  • $100 supplies a household with essential medicine and first aid
  • $300 enables tele-therapy through a new tablet
  • $500 empowers continued education/certification for one adult
  • $1,000 facilitates the first step into a new beginning through a month of emergency housing 
  • $2,500 clothes an entire family of five with needed apparel, under garments, and shoes  

Whatever way you give today, thank you for being an amazing neighbor. It is people like you that make North Texas such a wonderful place to live.

In Gratitude,

Celia VanDeGraaf

Executive Director


Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) exists to facilitate healing, ease transition into new beginnings, and foster hope in survivors of trauma, by providing specialized services addressing their comprehensive psychological, medical, and social needs; generating legal referrals; providing training opportunities for state-of-the-art professional service delivery; and collecting outcome measurements.

To learn more, please visit us at

Equity Statement

Policies and Processes:

We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.

We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director positions within our organization .

We have community representation on the board level. either on the board or on a community advisory board.

We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.

We engage everyone from the board to the staff levels of the organization in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their role in creating a culture such that ones race identity has no influence on how that fare within the organization.

Organization Data


Organization name

Center for Survivors of Torture

Tax id (EIN)




Immigrants & Refugees, Mental/Behavioral Health, Social Services

Operating Budget

$1,000,000 - $2,999,999

Counties Served

Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, Tarrant

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx, Other

BIPOC Leadership


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


4108 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204